Welllll maybe by Nigella Lawson actually, but when the recipe is called Green Eggs And Ham you have to hand it to Dr Seuss. His books were favourites of mine as a child, right up there with Roald Dahl, but apparently few of my friends have ever heard of his books which I find shocking! To me, thats like never having seen a Disney film as a child (and I happen to know people who didn’t, and also another person who believes there are sinister hidden messages in films like Dumbo. Lord knows what.), or being deprived of chocolate throughout PMT. Unthinkable. So as a fan of the his books, how could I not cook green eggs and ham from Nigella Express? Exactly, so I did. Its not often I get to eat luminescent green food that also doesn’t have chemicals or intoxicating amounts of sugar in it and I must say it certainly brightened up dinner time! The green eggs of the title are actually pesto pancakes which are ridiculously simple to make. You just whisk together flour, an egg, some pesto and milk and then fry it in a lightly oiled pan and you’re done. Pile them up on a plate, pop slices of ham on each pancake and fold, and you’ve got yourselves a very unique and colourful dinner which also happens to be exceptionally easy. The recipe doesn’t call for it, but I also fried an egg to go on top of my pancakes to add some yolky goodness and a bit of moisture to the meal. Very tasty. I love pesto, and I’d definitely advise getting a good fresh pesto from the chilled section of the supermarket as it has a stronger taste which can stand to being diluted down by all the pancake ingredients. The bottled, unfresh pesto is still really tasty but better with pasta as a quick and easy meal. I couldn’t eat all of the pancakes in the end, but I was unable to halve the recipe due to it only requiring one egg in the pancake mix. I did my utmost but in the end I was defeated, five little pancakes are deceptively filling! Its supposed to be a breakfast meal, but in the mornings I really can’t face much more than either cereal or boiled eggs and have no cooking mojo whatsoever in the early hours. Making it an express evening meal makes much more sense to me and is filling, tasty, and above all, vividly green!
To end this post, here’s a snippet from the completely non-sensical but fantastic Green Eggs And Ham:
I like green eggs and ham!
I do!! I like them, Sam-I-am!
And I would eat them in a boat!
And I would eat them with a goat…
And I will eat them in the rain.
And in the dark. And on a train.
And in a car. And in a tree.
They are so good so good you see!
So I will eat them in a box.
And I will eat them with a fox.
And I will eat them in a house.
And I will eat them with a mouse.
And I will eat them here and there.
Say! I will eat them ANYWHERE!
I do so like
green eggs and ham!